A beautiful burly maple violin restored to enhance the grain.
This Maggini violin copy was restored and antiqued, complete with faux varnish. To the right, front and back views show the dark and light areas that mimic varnish wear. Above a closeup shows the artistic rendition of fine scratches.

I take enjoyment in each violin, viola, cello or bass I restore. The restoration goal of the structural integrity, as well as the finish with various retouching techniques, is to re-create the damaged areas of the instrument as closely as possible to it's original expression.

Because the wood of stringed instruments actually improves with age in its ability to resonate, it is of value to restore an instrument to its original condition. Structural restoration gives new strength to the instrument, as well as improved tonal quality.

The violin you see in the above picture is a 100 year-old instrument. It had been mistakenly repaired with conventional white glue. The violin needed to be carefully taken apart and reglued with traditional hide glue. To the upper right the photo shows it restored to its original condition.

Call or e-mail me to recieve an estimate of the restoration 0r retouching possibilities of your violin, viola, cello or bass. Feel free to e-mail or send pictures as I can make a general estimate for you from them.

 

The top photo shows a puncture in the underside of this pegbox. This repair required that a new piece of wood be grafted into the hole (second photo). The photo at the right shows the pegbox after retouching.
Some violins retain their value by preserving the original finish, and leaving wear blemishes. Others will benefit from a partial or complete varnish restoration. In many cases, proper refinishing and polishing techniques bring out the beauty of the wood grain as well as improve the sound by allowing the wood to breath and resonate better.
 
In order to completely re-varnish an instrument, the restorer first strips the instrument of its varnish.

 

 

 

This photo shows the reshaping of a violin rib that had warped while stored in an attic for 40 years. A counter form combined with steaming is being used to nurse it back to its original curved shape.